Knights Of Columbus

Alaska Knights In Action

Fraternal year 2014-2015

Title:   One Human Family … Food for All

Council: St. Paul Miki Council 10798

Category: Family

Date: 2/18/2015– 4/01/2015

Purpose of activity: Raise awareness of hunger both locally and globally and to respond to that need with a non-perishable food drive, collection of funds to provide fresh produce, fruit and dairy for needy families and to provide volunteer opportunities to assist the needy at St. Francis House Food Pantry.

Description: Again this year, in solidarity with the call from Pope Francis, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish elected to participate locally and globally in a Lenten project relating to hunger.  The need to assist and help families has increase over last year.  Over 100 families a day visit St. Francis food pantry to supplement their grocery needs.  After conversation with the staff of Catholic Social Services and St Francis House, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, and the parish social justice ministry joined with the St. Paul Miki Council 10798 Knights of Columbus to plan and implement the 2015 Parish Lenten Project– “one human family … food for all” by adopting the St. Francis House Food Pantry.  This is a continuation of the 2014 Parish Lenten Project. Building on a “40 Cans for Lent” non-perishable food drive established in 2013 & 2014 by the Knights at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, several goals were set:

  1. Collect non-perishable food with a “40 Cans for Lent” food drive with a goal of collecting 5,000 lbs of food.
  2. Raise funds for fresh produce and dairy for 40 families per week
  3. Providing opportunities to volunteer at St. Francis House
  4. Raise awareness that hunger knows no bounds and is local as well as global
  5. Share stories of customers of St. Francis House and their appreciation for the program
  6. Conduct a letter writing campaign to support the SNAP program

To bring this project to fruition required the gifts of so many in our parish: developing the theme and visual presentation, creating prayer cards and donation envelopes for the fresh produce, inviting volunteer stories and speakers, arranging volunteer opportunities, updates in the parish bulletin and on the bulletin boards, support of Fr. Tom and Fr. Patrick and the entire office and school staff. 

This Lenten season over 5,000 of pounds of food has already been delivered by the Knights to St. Francis House.  Volunteer days, allowed SEAS parishioners, the youth, Knights and their families to sort the cans and food items at the pantry and put them on the shelves as other volunteers shopped with clients at the pantry.

The level of financial support for fresh produce, dairy and fruit was increased this year to $30 per family.  These dollars will provide a family of four fresh dairy and produce for one week.  Through financial contributions we will be providing funds ($4,700) for over 150 families to receive a week’s worth of fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products.  A nutritional benefit that sometimes proves too expensive on a very limited budget.

The youth demonstrated their Faith in Action by donating food items each week at the weekly school mass.  The Junior High and High School groups also collected food for the food drive.  While our plan was originally focused on local hunger, we were reminded of our link to the world through Catholic Relief Services and the annual Rice Bowl collection. 

In addition to food collected for St. Francis House, Breakfast items and fresh fruit was also collected and delivered to Clare House.  Sandwiches are made and delivered to the Brother Francis Shelter every Sunday.  While this was a Lenten focused project to highlight the need of hungry families, these food donation and delivery programs continue thru out the year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Incorporated in this year’s program was a letter writing campaign to our federal delegation to support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.  The SNAP program, formally known as Food Stamps, offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.

Project progress and activities were reported weekly in the Parish Bulletin.  The “Food Train” returned tracking our weekly progress as we delivered food to the St. Francis Food Pantry.

This family service program highlighted the desperate need for food during this time of the year and provided an opportunity for the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioners to reach out as a family and help those in need during their Lenten preparations.  The program also highlights the role of the Knights of Columbus in helping those in need. 

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Title:   Annual Memorial Mass

Council: St. Benedict's Council 12290

Category: Family

Date: 01/11/2015

Purpose of activity: Memorial Mass for our deceased brothers.

Description: Even though we were absent of a Family Director our Financial Secretary Bernard Freeman put together our Memorial Mass for our deceased brothers. The 1030 mass on 11 January 2015 was dedicated to our deceased brother each of their names were read during the prayer of intentions. Also there were mass cards sent out to all the widows of the deceased brothers.


 

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